Joe Biden made some statements about a week ago that sounded almost prophetic. I have been looking for a good audio copy of his words to post up, but I keep finding only partials online. Most of the major news outlets have aired the full audio over the past week, so I have heard it plenty of times. So, in lieu of the audio I am posting the transcript.
The Words of Joe Biden:
“Mark my words. Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough – I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s gonna happen. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you, not financially to help him, we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right. Because all these decisions, all these decisions, once they’re made if they work, then they weren’t viewed as a crisis. If they don’t work, it’s viewed as you didn’t make the right decision, a little bit like how we hesitated so long dealing with Bosnia and dealing with Kosovo, and consequently 200,000 people lost their lives that maybe didn’t have to lose lives. It’s how we made a mistake in Iraq. We made a mistake in Somalia. So there’s gonna be some tough decisions. They may emanate from the Middle East. They may emanate from the sub-continent. They may emanate from Russia’s newly-emboldened position because they’re floating in a sea of oil.”
I keep hearing people focus on when Joe said “we’re ganna have an international crisis”. But him saying this doesn’t surprise me, are we not already on the verge of an international economic crisis that the next President will have to face? What I find more shocking is when Joe said this “I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate. And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you, not financially to help him, we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”
That last line is the zinger. Joe says we will need to stand with Obama because it won’t be apparent that the right decision is going to be made. So, Joe is predicting some scenario where we are all going to look at the decision Obama is making and say ‘No Way! That isn’t right! You can’t do that!’. But instead of getting up in arms we should trust him. That sounds crazier than the arguments against the war in Iraq and how we followed Bush into this mess. At least America heard evidence for the Iraq war and thought it was the right thing to do. (lets not forget congress overwhelmingly voted to approve the war.) Joe is saying that Obama won’t be able to convince us that whatever decision he is going to make is right until after the fact. Sounds rather Machiavellian.
I wonder what this crisis will be? Will it be nuclear? Terrorist related? Constitutional crisis? Economic? I guess we will just need to wait and see if Joe is truly a prophet or if he just likes to talk a lot.
And if you have ever wondered if a news reporter has ever had the courage to ask the Obama campaign some hard questions, the answer is yes. Joe Biden found himself on the hot seat and thought it must be some kind of joke. This is a must see video.